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Worship: 8:30am & 10:30am
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Worship: 7:07pm (September-May)
 

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Trinity Lutheran Church is planted in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District

We are located at 3621 Tulsa Way at the corner of Montgomery Street and Camp Bowie (across from McDonalds). Tulsa Way intersects Montgomery Street just one block south of Camp Bowie Blvd., approximately one mile north of West Freeway (or I-30) about 1 mile west of Downtown Fort Worth.
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Daily Devotional

When did the Christians and Jews seperate?-"Beyond Question" Q&A Series

This is part of our "Beyond Question" Lenten Series. Questions were requested from members of the congregation of all ages. Sunday school and Bible Study classes were polled and over 40 unique questions were collected. Each Sunday Worship service a new question will be drawn at random by a Trinity member and Pastor Gronberg or Pastor Mohn will answer that question on this blog the following week (typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays)...

The early Christian community was fully enmeshed into the synagogue culture of the day. The book of Acts records how this process of differentiation began at Pentecost (Acts 2) and then continued on. Over and over the issue as recorded in Acts and also the letters of Paul was how much of a Jew a person had to become to be a follower of Jesus. But Acts 10, it was becoming clear that this movement was going to have to move from the synagogues and into the Gentile world. This movement was caused not only by God's Spirit but also by the growing antagonism between the faithful Jews and the upstart Jesus followers. Both the Christians and the Jews became belligerent to one another and significant competition persisted between the two for several hundred years.

The book of Acts has come under significant scrutiny in recent years as a historical document. When reading it one must remember that the way the ancients recorded history is far different from how we today view and record history. The linear obsession with dates, places and accurate progressions that typifies our historical record was not a construction the ancient community felt neccesary to follow. They recorded ideas and stories and themes. This is important because while Acts might get some of the progression "wrong" as we would see it, the theme is the same. The Jesus movement, the "Way" as it was called, began as a Jewish sect but by the end of the 1st century it had truly become something new and different. Its future would not lie within the Jewish community as a reformation movement but with a totally new expression of God's work to the Gentile people. This became very apparent when the Jewish revolt in A.D. 70 brought down the wrath of the Roman Empire upon Jerusalem. The destruction of the Temple and the scattering of the people. It behooved the Christian community at that time to declare its seperation from this rebellious lot and move into fuller integration in Roman society.

As we approach Holy Week and Easter we are mindful that this is also the Jewish season of Passover. These two primary festivals of both the Jewish tradition and the Christian are linked through the life and passion of Jesus Christ. As Paul writes forcefully in Romans 11, God has not rejected the Jewish people. But through them has come an opportunity for Gentiles to graft onto the tree of life and have hope in Christ. The seperation of the Gentile Christian community from the Jewish Synagogue community was in many ways an inevitable result of the new thing God was doing in Christ. But that does not mean that we do not share heritage or that God has rejected one for the other. 

By the 3rd Century the Christian community had become a significant and growing majority within the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, with its rise too often it decided to persecute those from whence it came. This saturday, as we experience at Trinity some of the rites of the Seder/Passover meal, we will do so beginning with confession of sin for the failings of Christians in regards to our Jewish sisters and brothers. Jesus was a Jew. It is important to remember that always. This is part of our heritage of faith and we honor it. But we also give thanks to God that God saw fit to welcome and include all people into God's salvation through the work of Jesus Christ.